Mythologized “Old Tbilisi” is the centerpiece of an ever-expanding business of heritage tourism that both breaks from and builds upon Soviet narrative precedents. Its design (and subsequent redesigns) have provided the template for countless programs of historic preservation and political rhetoric. These are some of the themes Angela Wheeler will address in the discussion of her new book, Architectural Guide: Tbilisi (DOM Publishers, 2023), which covers architecture, urban renewal, and social history.
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